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5 Principles of Montessori Schools that Should be Used by All Early Years Settings

Maria Montessori’s approach to early years education was developed around a century ago. Its reputation grew internationally over the years and is currently one of the most well-known educational philosophies. So what is it that makes it so enduring?

The Montessori philosophy begins by recognising the crucial importance of early years in future learning; it also asserts that children have the greatest capacity to learn between the ages of zero to six. At Alphablocks Nursery School & Pre-Prep, Hadley Wood, we share this belief and consider it as a key tenet of our school’s ethos. We also share the same overarching goal of fostering competent and responsible children who become lifelong learners.

Montessori practices around the world try to achieve these goals by employing a set of clear principles in their day-to-day practice. At Alphablocks Nursery School & Pre-Prep, Hadley Wood, we believe that some of these Montessori principles can be extremely effective and, as such, deserve paying attention to. In fact, we incorporate them into our own practice. So here they are:

‘There is an ongoing judgement to be made by practitioners about the balance between activities led by children, and activities led or guided by adults.’ EYFS framework

Children’s playground in a Stockholm setting – Alphablocks Nursery School & Pre-Prep, Hadley Wood [photo credit: @NurseryWorld]

Independence and initiative are essential traits of confident young learners – Alphablocks Nursery School & Pre-Prep, Hadley Wood

Teachers need to strike a fine balance when structuring a child’s learning – Alphablocks Nursery School & Pre-Prep, Hadley Wood


Alphablocks Nursery School & Pre-Prep in Hadley Wood provides outstanding education to children aged two and a half to six years old. The school employs only the best teachers and practitioners, who implement a child-centred approach to learning. Our primary goal is to empower children to become confident learners in an outstanding environment in terms of its educational potential, balanced play opportunities, safety and security. We serve the local communities of Hadley Wood, Potters Bar, Cockfosters, High Barnet, Totteridge and Whetstone.